The World Health Organization WHO led COVAX initiative has announced that it had arrangements in place to access nearly 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
The arrangements will enable the participating countries to have access to these vaccines in the first half of 2021, with the first deliveries expected to start in the first quarter of next year.
This was disclosed in a press release by the WHO on Friday.
The WHO stated that COVAX will continue to develop its portfolio as this will be critical to achieving its goal of securing access to 2 billion doses of safe, effective and approved vaccines that are suitable for all participating countries.
However today’s announcements offer the clearest pathway yet to end the acute phase of the pandemic by protecting the most vulnerable populations around the world.
The CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations Dr Richard Hatchet, said, this commitment is evidence that the world learned an important lesson from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.
COVAX is a global initiative which was launched in April by the World Health Organization WHO, the European Commission and France in response to this pandemic.